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Jarrod Dyson

Jarrod Dyson strained his oblique muscle


Hey, the first kinda notable injury since spring training games started: Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson left today’s Cactus League game with a strained right oblique.

Dyson was slated to be the Royals primary right fielder, at the very least forming the left-hand side of a platoon with Paulo Orlando but, as was discussed over the winter, possibly giving him the job outright. He hit .250/.311/.380 in 90 games last year. He’s more important for his glove and his wheels, however, having stolen 26 bases while being caught only 3 times and showing great range.

Oblique diagnosis can be all over the place. If minor, they can sideline a player for only a couple of weeks. More often, however, it can be 4-6 weeks. If that’s the case here, Dyson can kiss his spring training goodbye.

ESPN on Curt Schilling’s Hillary Clinton comment: “We are addressing it”

Curt Schilling

This morning we posted about Curt Schilling saying that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere.” A little while ago Cindy Boren of the Washington Post got ESPN’s comment on the matter: “We’re addressing it,” Mr. Schilling’s employer said.

How that will be addressed is unknown, but Boren notes that ESPN did send a memo to employees in January saying that they “should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns.” It was not a hard and fast ban on politics talk as much as it was a “keep it mature and respectful” kind of memo, it would appear. Which makes sense as the campaign is going to be the biggest story of the year and expecting people not to comment on it seems kind of silly.

But I suppose we’ll soon see whether Schilling’s comment crossed a line or whether his past skating on thin ice when it comes to political comments inspires his employers to take any action against him.

Rockies preparing to be without Reyes for extended period

Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes, left, throws late to first base after forcing out San Diego Padres' Will Venable at second base on a bunt put down by Yangervis Solarte during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Denver. San Diego won 9-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Colorado Rockies began their exhibition schedule Wednesday facing the possibility they’ll be without starting shortstop Jose Reyes for a large portion of the season.

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman agreed Tuesday to a 30-game suspension, discipline stemming from an October incident involving his girlfriend. Chapman’s suspension suggests Reyes could face more severe discipline.

Chapman wasn’t charged in an incident involving his girlfriend but acknowledged he fired a gun. Reyes pleaded not guilty after he was arrested at a Hawaii resort on Oct. 31 and charged with abusing his wife. His trial date is April 4, the day the Rockies open the regular season at Arizona, and he was suspended with pay last week by Major League Baseball, pending the trial and its investigation.

“We’re just waiting to hear what happens,” Weiss said Wednesday.

Reyes, the Rockies’ highest-paid player, is due $22 million in each of the next two seasons. He will not attend spring training.

“We know that whenever Jose is active again, there’s going to be a period where he’s going to have to get ready to go out and compete in games,” Weiss said. “So our focus is on the guys here and getting ready for the season.”

Veteran Daniel Descalso was in Weiss’ starting lineup at shortstop against Arizona in the Rockies’ exhibition opener Wednesday. Prospect Trevor Story is scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Rafael Ynoa and Cristhian Adames also are candidates to play shortstop.

The 32-year-old Reyes, a four-time All-Star and the 2011 NL batting champion, was acquired from Toronto last summer in a trade that sent longtime shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays.

“He was my favorite shortstop growing up,” Adames said. “And he helped me a lot last year.”